Monday, June 28, 2010

We're Home!

Where do I begin? There is so much to tell you and show you but we have around 1500 pictures to work through. read that correctly, between Colin and I we have over 1500 pictures. I must say that some of them will be deleted as soon as we have our "show and tell" with our family because they are not worth keeping or printing. We just tried to capture every little detail to share.

I'm a bit overwhelmed coming back home with so much to do, I promise to post more later. Our flight home was delayed by a few hours due to bad weather so we got home at midnight and I had to go to work the next morning. I'm still pretty tired but not much time to rest up because of laundry, cleaning, playing with our animals that we missed dearly and other busy stuff going on.

I can't believe the 4th is this weekend. I'm not ready for it either and we leave again to head to Michigan to be with my Sissy. Oh well, you only live once....make the best of it.

Talk soon!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wasington DC

Won't be long now, Colin and I will be heading to DC. I haven't told you about the reason we are going. In the 4th grade Colin was nominated by his teacher based on leadership skills for this program. People to People International was founded by President Dwight Eisenhower and continues to be run by his Granddaughter. It is a national program but kids can travel globally to many different states and countries. Since Colin was nominated for leadership, he will be going to Washington D.C. I'm a bit proud as a Mom and I hope he grasps this opportunity and not only learns from it while seeing some great leaders in work, but I hope it also strengthens him as a young man.

Colin's agenda while with his group is packed full. He will be seeing many of our nation's monuments, Arlington Cemetery, Capitol Hill, Gettysburg and many museums. He will be busy from sun up to sun down. I'm hoping all of these activities will keep him busy and not missing me. We've been separated many times before, but he has always been with family. I've been saying lots of prayers that he meets a few new buddies and just enjoys his time away. As I told him, you get to stay in a hotel room with 2 other boys...with no adults....ENJOY it!
I will be flying to DC with him and while he is away, I'll do my own sightseeing. At first I wasn't really looking forward to it, but now I am. There is so much to do in our Great Nation, I will be busy and walking my fanny off. Shall we take a vote on how many pictures I will take with my new camera? Let's just say this, I will be buying some external memory tonight before I leave because my little PC won't hold them. :)

Talk to you soon!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Happy Father's Day Early

Colin and I will be on vacation already when Father's Day comes around this Sunday. I hate missing holidays that I would spend with my family, but this one can't be helped. I made dinner for Dad last night since we couldn't be together on Sunday.

I love my Dad very much and so does Colin. Colin tells me often how much he loves his PaPa. Dad has been a very, very good influence in his life since he doesn't a male role model there everyday. Dad took Colin under his wing after my divorce and never let go.

Here's Dad playing the drums for fun. He played them in High School, think he was trying to see how much he remembered.

Here is Dad with my sister and I. I'm the baby on the left. My sister is laughing at something. :)

And here we are a few years ago at a bowling alley. My Dad has had a bowling ball in his hands since he was probably 8 years old and has never stopped playing since. He is a fabulous bowler, wish he could have gone pro. It is a love of his for sure.

Sorry Dad I can't celebrate Father's Day with you in person. I'll be thinking of you from D.C. I love you bunches.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Our Saturday

Our Saturday started out by taking a trip to our vet. Romeo needed to get in to see our vet since we had not done that yet since his adoption. I had a list of questions for the Doc and he was able to answer all of them. Romeo received a clean bill of health and the Dr. laughed when he listened to his heart because he said it was very "athletic". I on the other hand would not receive the same diagnosis. But maybe after running after my bow-wow for a few more months, it will help me out.

The Vet visit wore Romeo out, he went potty on the vet's floor and on the sidewalk outside the vet's office. Oh well, I'm sure he isn't the only one that has done that before. From there Colin and I went North to the big city for a little shopping. We have our vacation coming up soon (tell you about that later) and he needed some clothes. Colin actually tolerated the shopping well until I walked into the purse section at Kohl's. He was trying to get me out of there so he started calling me like he does Romeo....."Come here, want a treat?". Crazy kid.

We made it home just before a thunderstorm rolled through which I'm sure made Romeo happy that we made it home. I can tell he does not like storms, but neither do Colin and I so he fits in well. Colin started a bit of packing for his trip. It's going to be a crazy week between baseball tournaments, work, packing and trying to get things in order before we leave.

Gotta play more with that camera too!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Happy Birthday to me, and Christmas, and Easter, and Valentine's Day.....

Today.........I took the official plunge and went to a bigger and better camera. After many months of research, reading many, many ladies blogs and talking to a sweet co-worker, I decided to go with the Canon Rebel XS EOS 1000D. I have no idea what any of that means, but it sounds good.

I am so intimidated by this camera, I don't know where to start. You may ask, "Then why in the world did you buy this camera?" I did because I wanted more than what my little point and shoot had to offer. And believe me, this has a million more things to offer and 80% of it I don't understand.

When Colin saw my new purchase I think he was more excited than I. He quickly asked if he could get everything out while I made dinner so I said sure (after giving him the lecture about being careful, lots of money, yadda, yadda, yadda). By the time I got the pizza in the oven he had the camera unpackaged, set up, battery charging and everything in the bag. I didn't even get to see it! He wasn't scared of it at all.

After dinner he popped the battery charger in and away he went. He probably took 100 pictures tonight and I think I got about 10 (but wait until he goes to bed....hee-hee). While he was taking 100 pictures of Romeo, I was being the good new owner and started reading the Instruction Manual. It talks about 100-200mm, Tv exposure, AEB and the IS and some of the L, M, N, O, P's. Just kidding, but I do understand that last part.

So, this is my present to me for the next 10 years. My sweet co-worker and I are going to bring our camera's to work Monday and eat lunch together so hopefully she can teach me a thing or two about this monster. She already has lots of experience with her Canon, so hopefully she can shed some light on me. Our evening is about up, I think I'll go do something I know...... like laundry.

Happy Thursday!

Baseball Comes to an End

Baseball season is almost over. We have our last game Friday night before we go into tournaments. I'm ready for it to be over only so we can have our evenings back. It's not much fun to work all day, go to the park all night and only come home to go straight to bed. But anytime a sport season comes to an end, it's a little sad.

Colin LOVES sports so it's good for him to play, be active, hang out with his buddies and be around his coaches. He's played a great season as Short Stop and finally started hitting the ball about mid-way through the season. He told me one night after a game, "I finally figured out what it means to keep your eye on the ball". :) Glad he knows how to do it. I'm not much help there.

Here is his team after one of our most recent games. The coaches have started bribing the boys by promising them ice cream if they win. Well, it works. We've won 5 games in a row and I'm sure it's financially breaking their bank. They better change their bribe to bubble gum.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Sweet Treat

We had something very "sweet" come to our neighborhood last night......The Ice Cream Truck! It's new to our town so it was a fun surprise. Colin and I were outside with Romeo and all of a sudden we heard the ice cream music singing from his van. It was a couple blocks away and on the other side of our railroad tracks. We could see him going up and down the streets but he was too far away for us to yell.

About the time he started heading our direction a train came and temporarily blocked the tracks. Colin scaled our fence to search for him and was ready to wave his arms if the truck got close enough.

Romeo had no idea what was going on but he was going to look too. :)

"Colin, what in the world are you doing up there?"

"Waiting for that Ice Cream Man to come this way."

And all of a sudden, from across the tracks, he appeared! (Colin did wave him down, and maybe did a bit of yelling and screaming, but ice cream calls for desperate measures)

I grabbed $5.00 thinking that would be plenty for ice cream, well it wasn't enough to get what I REALLY wanted, but that's OK. Next time! Look at all the goodies he had! I almost wanted to get the Spongebob thingy because I thought it was so cool looking, but I passed.

$5.00 later he drove away playing his ice cream songs. I sure hope he makes it back to our neighborhood again this summer. That was a classic reminder of my summer as a little girl. Everyone deserves to experience the Ice Cream man in their neighborhood.

Here is my goodie.

And here is Colin's goodie. Romeo, got a small bite of ice cream minus any chocolate. Can't have a sick bow-wow.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Crooked Whiskers?

Colin and I noticed the other day Tiger has some crooked Whiskers. Or maybe bent is a better way to describe it. One side of his face has whiskers that have gone wacky. I'm almost afraid to wonder what happened. Hope a dog called R-O-M-E-O didn't have anything to do with it.

Oh Tiger, Mommy is sorry for the big brown fluffy dog that has taken over our house. I still love you just as much. I hope you can someday forgive me.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

I can't believe it's June

Can you believe it's June? I can't believe it. I just don't want this summer to rush by. I want to savor it all. In a few weeks we will be going here for our vacation.....I want it to go slow so we can enjoy our time exploring our Nation's Capitol.

But when we get back, I want to go on lots of these with Colin to lots of different places.

I want to go here too.....a bunch of times, not just one.

But I will miss him so we must find a way to take him with us. Well, except for that Capitol and White House trip. I don't think he would be welcome. Can't have any mishaps on the oval office floor.